How much is a Super Bowl ring worth?
There are a whole lot of reasons this is a tricky question to answer. To start, each franchise keeps the cost private. To add to the confusion, all rings aren't created equal. Some rings from a single year will be more garish than others. Some players get their name or jersey number on the ring. Meanwhile, others in the organization -- coaches, trainers, members of the PR team -- might get a slightly less opulent version.
There's a lot to unpack. So, let's start here: the NFL pitches in $5,000 per ring for up to 150 rings, reports CNN. The remainder of the cost -- oh, yes, there's lots of "remainder" -- is covered by the winning team. The rings, as seen above, are usually covered in thousands of dollars of diamonds and other gems. Each year's ring is different, so we're dealing with different costs and values for each year's ring. The Patriots' rings from Super Bowl XLIX cost $36,500 each, per ESPN. The following year, the Broncos reportedly paid $500 more than that per ring.
"Worth" itself is complicated. What the team paid is far different than the resell value. Rick Harrison, the dude from Pawn Stars, told Money, "Rings owned by almost any Patriots player from any year can bring in $40,000 to $50,000. Even a [ring from a] Pats benchwarmer can go for that much. Players and teams with large followings go for the most, and they keep getting bigger and bigger."
That $40-50K looks like a lot, but, at auction, they've gone for even more. Lawrence Taylor's ring from Super Bowl XXV sold for $230,401 in 2012. Others have sold for less than one worn by a Hall of Famer like LT.